Quinn Nystrom, diabetes advocate and author of “If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes” joins eHealth Radio and the Diabetes and Health News Channels. Her company, Qspeak, allows her to advocate, consult and raise funds for diabetes research.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Quinn Nystrom discuss the following:
- What are the biggest misconceptions about diabetes?
- What have you learned from living with diabetes?
- What motivated you to write this book, "If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?"
- You've been publicly vocal about Joan River's recent comments about diabetes. As she stated, "Get fat. Get diabetes. Die. Lose your fingers." What upset you the most about this?
- What do you hope people will walk away with after hearing you speak or reading your book?
Quinn Nystrom is one of those unique individuals that commands a presence. Whether she’s speaking to an audience of teenagers or adults, Nystrom can relate to both and with the launch of her new book, IF I KISS YOU, WILL I GET DIABETES? for River Place Press, you’ll be hearing her name a lot.
Inspired by her teenage self, the book is Nystrom’s first-hand account of negotiating life with a chronic illness and she now devotes her full-time efforts to diabetes advocacy and has been recognized nationally for her contributions.
For the past 17 years, she has been sharing her story of living with type-1 diabetes to audiences across the country. As the National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) she spent a year traveling to diabetes camps, convention halls, the White House, corporate offices and the United States Congress. Her message was simple: Find a cure for diabetes and provide support and care for the millions of people living with the disease.
Nystrom grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota with her younger brother Will who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was five years old. By age ten, she was fundraising and going door to door in her small town to raise money for a cure for her baby brother’s disease. However, three years later, Nystrom was diagnosed with Type 1 and her goal to finding a cure became a lifelong mission. She was named the National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) at age sixteen and spent a year traveling across the country. Her message was simple; find a cure for diabetes and support the millions of Americans living with it.
Currently a graduate student at Syracuse University in Communication's Management, Nystrom attends S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, ranked #1 in the country with alums such as Bob Costas and Dick Clark. As a public speaker she travels across the country to diabetes camps, convention halls, corporate offices, United States Congress and yes, The White House. Her company, Qspeak, allows her to advocate, consult and raise funds for diabetes. A portion of the books proceeds goes to the non-profit she founded called Dateline Diabetes, whose mission is to provide support for people living with diabetes.
Nystrom currently lives in Minneapolis where she enjoys skating on the lakes, making her monthly dinner club with childhood friends, and volunteering at her local church.